KU rocks Huskers

Every year the Kansas Jayhawks draw one of the biggest crowds at the Devaney Center. Tonight was no exception as 11,333 were on hand to see if Nebraska could pull off the upset. KU placed their 18-3 record and #6 national ranking on the line and left with an easy 76-56 victory.

Kansas began the game by scoring the first six points, all by sophomore forward Julian Wright and led 12-6 at the 16:09 mark.


Then the wheels came off of Nebraska's wagon and boy did they ever come off.


The Jayhawks dominated the boards and the basket.  Led by Brandon Rush and Julian Wright, Kansas went on an unheard of scoring streak.  KU scored 27 straight points to lead 39-6 with 3:14 left in the first half. 


NU head coach Doc Sadler looked stunned and was uncharacteristically silent on the Huskers bench.


"I think we (players) were star-struck.  We got hit so hard so quick," said Sadler.


The first half stats were dismal.  Nebraska shot 25% from the field (5-20 shooting) and had only 10 rebounds.  Freshman Ryan Anderson had 7 points to lead NU.


Kansas on the other hand shot 47% from the field, 85% from the free throw lane (11-13) and dominated the boards with 25 rebounds.  The talented sophomore combination of Wright and Rush scored 13 and 12 points respectively to lead the Jayhawks.


The game was over at halftime as NU trailed 43-16 and was far and away its worst half of the season.


"I told our guys at halftime the game was over but we could still come back and compete in the second half," said Sadler.


The Jayhawks didn't let-up in the second half as they continued to stroke the ball well from the field and when Nebraska found some rhythm, KU took it away with a three-pointer or a turnover creating a fast break score.


NU did play better in the second half but ended up losing by 20 points (76-56).

Nebraska drops to 12-8 (1-5 Big 12) while Kansas improves to 19-3 overall and 6-1 in the Big 12. 


Kansas finished with a 47-21 rebounding edge and held NU to only 1 offensive rebound.


Rush scored 20 points and Wright finished with 17 for KU.  The Huskers were led by Anderson who had 19 including six three's.


"I want to win, that (hitting 6 three-pointers) doesn't mean anything to me," said Anderson.


The Huskers now travel to Missouri on February 3rd and Kansas faces a tough test at home against #8 Texas A&M.


"We're going to move on," said Sadler.


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